A dental hygienist's role is to prevent dental problems arising and to promote   oral health. A dental hygienist will carry out procedures such as scaling and   polishing teeth, applying topical fluoride treatments and fissure sealants   (white plastic coatings painted onto the biting surface of back teeth).


As part of the dental team, dental hygienists can:

  • provide dental hygiene care to a wide range of patients     
  • plan the delivery of care for patients to improve and maintain  their periodontal health     
  • obtain a detailed dental history from patients and evaluate  their medical history     
  • complete periodontal examination andcharting and use indices to  screen and monitor periodontal disease     
  • provide preventive oral care to patients and liaise with  dentists over the treatment of caries, periodontal disease and tooth wear     
  • undertake supragingival and subgingival scaling and root debridement  using manual and powered instruments     
  • use appropriate anti-microbial therapy to manage plaque related  diseases     
  • adjust restored surfaces in relation to periodontal treatment     
  • apply topical treatments and fissure sealants     
  • give patients advice on how to stop smoking     
  • take, process and interpret various film views used in general  dental practice     
  • give infiltration and inferior dental block analgesia     
  • place temporary dressings and recement crowns with temporary  cement     
  • take impressions     
  • identify anatomical features, recognise abnormalities and  interpret common pathology, and carry out oral cancer screening     
  • if  necessary, refer patients to other healthcare professionals     
  • place rubber dam     


Additional  skills a dental hygienist might develop during their career include:

  • tooth whitening to the prescription of a dentist     
  • prescribing radiographs     
  • administering inhalational sedation     
  • removing sutures after the wound has been checked by a dentist     


Dental hygienists do not:

  • diagnose disease   
  • restore teeth   
  • carry out pulp treatments   
  • adjust unrestored surfaces   
  • extract teeth   

For Appointments:

Tel: 01706 835 800

E-mail: info@denpoint.com


Our Address:

Denpoint Dental Care
9-11 Bacup Road


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Monday       : 8.00am - 5.30pm

Tuesday      : 8.00am - 7.00pm

Wednesday : 9.00am - 5.30pm

Thursday     : 8.00am - 5.30pm

Friday          : 8.00am - 5.30pm

Closed Bank Holidays 


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